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gggunit
03-08-2005, 11:03 PM
Everytime I do my leg wokout my left lower back starts to act up.. so I thought it would be my technique when doing squats so skiped them and did hacksquats instead on the machine.. but still it acted up.. I did lower back extentions to see if it would help but the pain is a bit lower almost where my glutes (butt) starts.. any ideas before I hit up the chiropractor or massage therapist?:dunno:

hockeybronx
03-08-2005, 11:11 PM
My testimonial is all about stretching. I fractured three of my thoracic (midish) vertebrae a couple years ago after being checked from behind in hockey and was briefly paralyzed.

After a night in the hospital I could barely walk without my spine hurting. The doctor told me to quit hockey and stop workouts for 6 months.

I decided I wasn't going to do that so I gave a solid 45 minutes everyday to stretching my complete body. There was a lot of pain involved in the process and for a month I had to carry my school backpack with my arms.

However it feels pretty good now, I still stretch for 30 minutes 4 times a week, and I work in a manual labor job so sometimes I feel it, but people really underestimate the healing power of stretching.

Everybody thinks a massage or chiropractor, or surgery will heal it, when really increasing your flexibility is the most effective way.

1-Bar
03-09-2005, 12:04 PM
yeah, stretching goes a long way.....I suggest you lower the weight and see what results and maybe try to focus a little more on your technique. If you do lower the weight a lot and still have problems, perhaps it could be attributed to something more serious.

Also, do situps and lower back exercises, you can do them everyday (don't need to rest the muscles) to strengthen your lower back....

gl

1badPT
03-09-2005, 12:41 PM
I don't know - if the pain is that far down, you might want to check if you've damaged a disc or pinched a nerve and you might be agravating each time you work out. :dunno:

Tyler883
03-09-2005, 01:44 PM
I think there is some good advice already offered here, but I would also follow up with a doctor.

hockeybronx
03-09-2005, 01:55 PM
Originally posted by 1-Bar
Also, do situps and lower back exercises, you can do them everyday (don't need to rest the muscles) to strengthen your lower back....

gl

Actually modern fitness suggests that you do crunches or reversed crunches rather than sit-ups. They are more effective and cause less wear on your discs.

TrevorK
03-09-2005, 02:10 PM
Originally posted by Tyler883
I think there is some good advice already offered here, but I would also follow up with a doctor.

If it's a problem with a disc, a regular doctor won't be able to do much - you'd need a reference to a back specialist and get a MRI or CT scan.

If you're pain move down your legs, it's typically a nerve being pinched, and caused by a slightly bulging disc.

A chiropractor or massage therapist will give you temporary relief, but in order to fix the problem you'll need to do specific stretches, which may mean going to a physio therapist.

Whatever you do - fix it ASAP. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to fix, without surgery.

Ben
03-09-2005, 02:13 PM
Lower back and that whole area is a pain in the ass, because it seems to take a long time to heal too.

I owned myself early last week when I biffed hadcore on some ice and bruised my tailbone something fierce, and I still can barely walk, sit or basically anything else that involves your hips, waist, or back.

gggunit
03-09-2005, 02:57 PM
its not my vertabrae.. its more to the side then anything.. about few inches to the left of my spins around where I were my pants

hockeybronx
03-09-2005, 03:16 PM
Originally posted by gggunit
its not my vertabrae.. its more to the side then anything.. about few inches to the left of my spins around where I were my pants

I'd say it's more muscle tension then. The one side is probably really tight where the opposite side is fairly strong.

I suggest definetely getting a massage, and working on your flexibility. Chances are that will straighten things out for you.

Pacman
03-09-2005, 04:54 PM
Dude,

Go and see a doctor.

I'm going through this EXACT thing right now...and let me tell you, it's been a rough couple of months.

Mine started in November...I had a pain right behind my left buttock...it was nothing major, but would hurt if I was lying down and trying to sit up.

Fast Forward to December...pain is still there...went to the gym and woke up the next day and I couldn't even bend over to put my shoes/socks on. Even getting my underwear on was a nightmare.

Last week was the first time that I was able to sit in a chair and put my shoes on.

My pain is right behind the left but cheek, and I have shooting pains down my left leg whenever I try to stand up or walk.

I haven't been able to work out since December, and have lost a good 18 pounds.

It could be a number of things...such as a bulging disc, or weak glute muscles that are putting pressure on a nerve.

Try and be proactive...see a doc and then a physiotherapist about assessing what the problem is. You definatly don't want to get to the stage that I'm at.

gggunit
03-09-2005, 05:04 PM
yah im gonna go tonight.. let you guys know what happens

old&slow
03-09-2005, 06:08 PM
you pulled ligaments!